2017-10-11 / News

Pecan Color Classic to help fund school expansion

Faith Christian Academy
By Diana Royal

Faith Christian Academy has seen great growth in the decade since its incorporation, and the school students, staff and parents are excited for the expansions to come. In fact, they are holding the Pecan Color Classic, the school's second annual color run, this Saturday to help raise funds for the school's newest additions.

FCA Principal Amy Grubb shared some of the school's history, which includes a rapidly growing student body. To accommodate students and to uphold the "board's commitment to increased academic offerings in the high school program," she said, the school is adding a 2,500-square foot library/ media center and two additional classrooms. They broke ground on the project just recently, and Grubb said they're hoping for completion in January.

With the expansion comes access to a modern media center for all students, including digital and print resources, as well as a space for after school activities.

"The expansion of the science lab will allow us to offer additional hands-on learning for middle and high school in science. The larger classrooms will allow us to offer additional middle and high school electives in science, fine arts, Bible and math," Grubb said. "FCA remains committed to an average class size of fifteen, but these larger spaces will enhance the learning environment for students and teachers."

FCA was incorporated in 2007, when Burke Haven Christian School, then offering grades kindergarten through eighth, closed its doors. FCA continued to operate at that location in the Burke Haven neighborhood until 2010, when enrollment increased to 80 and the new campus was built on Highway 24. By 2012, the school had 95 students and offered grades K3-ninth. That's the year Grubb became principal and, working alongside the school board, helped implement a high school curriculum and gain accreditation through the Georgia Accrediting Commission. In 2014, the school added more classrooms and a multipurpose room/gym, and in 2016, the first graduating class of five seniors all received their diplomas as well as the HOPE scholarship and all went on to four-year universities. FCA has seen an average increase of 10 percent each year, and its total current enrollment is 138.

The newest expansion is an example of the board's commitment to follow its long range plan, which according to Grubb, is "to provide facilities necesssary to offer a Biblicallyintegrated education ... to strive for academic excellence and to exemplify Christ-like servanthood in homes, churches and communities."

This Saturday is another opportunity for local folks to help.

"I am overwhelmed by the support of our community for this project," Grubb said, adding that through fundraisers like this the school can continue to grow. "Faith Christian Academy is not affiliated with any local church, nor does it receive an endowment. It relies solely on God's grace, tuition and donations to fund the school."

What:

LEAPING FOR THE LIBRARY PECAN COLOR CLASSIC

When:

Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8:30 a.m. (Registration opens at 8 a.m.)

Where:

Faith Christian Academy, 726 Highway 24 South, Waynesboro

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